South African National Biodiversity Institute – Call for Registration on Research Assistant’s Database

Unskilled labour


December 2020 – March 2021

Call for registration on Research Assistant’s Database for the following areas: Biodiversity Research, Environmental Education, Catchment Coordinators and Nature Conservation.

SANBI manages a database of unemployed students including new graduates who are interested in periodically working as research assistants to our scientists and post graduate students.

We invite interested individuals who will be available for occasional work during December 2020 to March 2021 to register on our database. Individuals with formal qualifications, or individuals who have no formal tertiary qualifications but have a Matric Certificate and who are enthusiastic to conduct fieldwork outdoors, are encouraged to apply. No previous experience is required.

Applicants must be South African citizens or have valid South African permanent residency.

This is an opportunity to gain practical experience of South Africa’s rich biodiversity, and to work with established scientists. However appointment is funding and need dependent.

Compensation will be determined by the guidelines as outlined in the SANBI Research Assistants Policy (rates range between R30.00 and R95.00 per hour, depending on qualification – 8 hours per day maximum).


Apply online (here) and send a brief CV (not more than 2 pages), certified copies of your academic record, highest qualification, ID and/or permanent residency, driver’s license and reference letter to  For more information, please contact Ms Zena Appollis on (021) 7998648/8800.

Please note that attachments may not exceed 10MB.

Please note that this is a new call for registration on the database. Current names on the database will be used but if your details need to be updated please resubmit an updated application form.

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